An unacceptable Mediterranean miscalculation!

Brussels, 10th of December 2018

The Director-General of the European Commission – DG Mare, Mr João Aguiar Machado, writes to the Chairman of the Mediterranean Advisory Council, Mr Giampolo Buonfiglio, objecting as unacceptable his use of the MEDAC to influence the decision-making process of the proposal for a Multi-Annual Plan for the fisheries exploiting demersal stocks in the Western Mediterranean Sea by “seeking the European Parliament’s support on a text that has been neither discussed nor approved among all MEDAC members on a proposal from 3 Italian organisations” thus breaching consensus, transparency and impartiality rules.

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Update published on 12/12: Mr Buonfiglio replies to Mr Machado stating that “The MEDAC Secretariat has never written to the EP asking for support on statements from certain members” being “well aware that this would be against the AC rules and as such would be completely unacceptable.”

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